Sending out an SOS ...........................Sista Josie needs some help!

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by smokinvegasbaby, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Hello SMF buddies,


    Does anyone know of or have made any type of food safe tool that can cut the SKIN off of chicken legs FASTER  (for chicken lollipops)?  One of my catering customers just placed an order for 172 Chicken Lollipops. I am up for the challenge no worries - but the thought of cutting 172 chicken legs using a sharp knife - well that is going to be quite labor intensive.  That's why I would like to find a tool for doing the laborious task quickly. My husband (Jerry) has every tool known to man lol.  However, I don't know what any of those tools can do.  Plus, I don't want to use a tool that is NOT food safe.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

    Josie aka SmokinVegasBaby 

    P.S. these are the little beauties that got me into so much mischief lol

    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Could you get the butcher to do it?
  3. Yes he will do it for a small fortune.....that would cut into my profits.....don't want to do that!
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sent that post too soon. A bone saw would work well. Can be found online. Or places that sell hunting supplies have them too. A hacksaw will also work. Get a good metal one and used it exclusively for meat processing. Can be sanitized and cleaned in the dishwasher.
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some sort of saw to get the cleanest cut.

    I know, know help sorry.
  6. Tree pruning shears (small handheld ones would be easiest). Cost about $10 new, steam clean or wash in dishwasher and you should be golden. Much stronger than kitchen boning shears, should make a good clean cut on the drumsticks.
  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep a good bone saw we use hunting will work great, 

    Brand new sawsall with a sanitized blade LOL 

  8. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I feel the Kitchen shears would be the thing to use . A good  , sharp pair will go through the bone easily when raw.

    Have fun and . . .
  10. I have a couple pairs of kitchen shears - I'm looking for something that will make my work a little easier and faster.  thanks for your input Oldschoolbbq.

  11. and where would I find one of these bone saws DS? 
  12. Yes I think I saw a hacksaw in Jerry's tool box.  thanks DS2003
  13. lol thanks Adam...............
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never did the chicken bones.

    For larger bones I have used my reciprocating saw with a new blade.  A damp towel to cover the unit for dust protection.  Takes a second person to hold the meat/bone.  Not a recommended solution, especially in a commercial situation where you face liability claims from who knows who?

    The old hand bone saw (bow type) was used by meat cutters for years?

    A dedicated band saw would be a real luxury.

    Besides, lollipops have a handle, don't they?

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You joke! I once filleted a frozen albacore tuna with a sawzall!!!! The metal blade worked great!
  16. yes lollipops do have a handle so I don't want to cut off too much of the ends.  I am looking for some type of cutting tool to cut 144 chicken legs in a hurry. Now that  have some suggestions, I'm going to look in my husbands tool box again.  thanks Venture.  need some "good luck" and lots of patience :)  Josie
  17. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    You dont usually cut the bone off the chicken drum when you make a chicken lollipop.

    All you do is  cut around the bone just above the knuckle. remove everything from around the knuckle so you are left with a clean bone.

    hold the drum in 1 hand and with a sharp boning knife cut around the bone between the end of the pin bone and the knuckle. the skin and cartilage will clean off easily and when you cook the drum the meat will turn into a lollipop. 

    if he has a band saw you can clean and sanitise it well with 1oz bleach in 4lt of water before and after, I've used them in the past fro meat, essential the same as a meat saw but a meat saw is designed to be hosed down and a slightly different blade.

    I do have a good sharp and heavy cleaver in my tool kit for such times, they do a great job!
  18. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Is this procedure faster than yours? This is the way I do them, the bone doesn't get cut...JJ

  19. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    Bang on. if you have a good proper butcher boning knife or a stiff filet knife. after a few youll get in  a groove. speed is all the right knife and how you use it.

    do them all in batch steps. cut all or a portion then remove the skin off the bone on all then remove the tendons all at the same time.

    that will speed up the process more than anything.

    and DAMN!!! I got to make me some of those!!!
  20. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    im thinking a Dremel would be your best bet. Bits are small and can easily be taken off and sanitized after each use 

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